First Office/Industrial Real Estate Development Planned for Westlake

CITY OF WESTLAKE, FL — (May 5, 2022) — Minto Communities has closed on the sale of a 17.5-acre tract in Westlake for the city’s first office/industrial real estate project, the Westlake Commerce Center. A partnership between Ft. Lauderdale-based Mitchell Property Realty, Inc. and Atlanta-based Ridgeline Property Group acquired the property and plan on developing a 227,000-square-foot spec office, warehouse, distribution facility located inside Westlake Landings, a 50-acre master-planned business park located off Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd.

“As a city like Westlake matures, it needs business and employment centers such as this to serve the influx of new residents moving into the area,” said John Carter, Minto Communities USA Senior Vice President. “At the same time, we anticipate the new project will create hundreds of new jobs in the area helping to stimulate the local economy.”

The tilt-wall-constructed facility will feature office space, 32-foot clear height ceilings and a truck court. It can be configured for one large single-user or multiple tenants leasing a minimum of 10,000 square feet of space.

“With the population exploding in Westlake and surrounding communities, I think we will be attractive to any company seeking a regional distribution or last-mile facility,” said Ed Mitchell, principal of Mitchell Property Realty. “As hot as the industrial market is at the moment, we’re confident we’ll have a tenant in place soon.”

Mitchell said the partnership hopes to break ground in September or October of 2022, once building permits are issued, with a completion date estimated in the second quarter of 2023.

The Westlake Commerce Center is part of a broader construction boom taking place in Westlake which is being developed by Minto Communities. Construction is underway on a self-storage facility, a Publix shopping center, and a Christ Fellowship Church 800-seat worship center.

Konover South will soon start building the Shoppes of Westlake which will feature two open-air shopping centers and a pod of quick-service restaurants. A corporate-owned 7-Eleven store featuring South Florida’s first Laredo Taco restaurant is set to open to the public later this month. It is located on Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd. directly across the street from another new 7-Eleven store owned and operated by a franchisee.

In February 2022, the Palm Beach County Tax Collector opened a state-of-the-art service center in Westlake where residents can apply for hunting and fishing licenses, secure a driver’s license, or register a boat or automobile, along with many other services.

The 3,800-acre Westlake community is approved for over two-million square feet of commercial development and 4,500 homes. On the residential side, Minto is currently selling in the single-family neighborhood of The Orchards of Westlake and the estate home neighborhood called The Estates of Westlake. Minto will launch sales this summer for its first townhome community, The Crossings of Westlake, along with unveiling four designer model homes.

Minto is also building phase two of the $22 million Westlake Adventure Park which will add basketball courts, an adults-only lap pool, a multi-purpose building for events and a lawn area for outdoor gatherings.

Westlake is located at 16610 Town Center Parkway North in the City of Westlake, on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road between Southern Blvd. and Northlake Blvd. For more information on the community, call 888-299-3628 or visit

About Minto Communities USA:

Minto Communities USA based in Florida since 1978, has represented integrity, financial strength and enduring value for over 40 years. Minto builds exceptional new homes and communities to meet every lifestyle, with more than 30,000 new homes built in 48 communities. Minto is dedicated to continuous improvement in design, quality and customer experience. These are just some of the elements that set Minto apart as an exceptional homebuilder and community developer and have earned the company national recognition that includes consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys. Minto has been recognized with multiple national awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for community and home design, including Best Single-Family Community Over 100 Homes and Best Sales Center for Westlake in the City of Westlake; Best Mixed-Use Community and Best Clubhouse for The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples, Florida; Best Clubhouse for the Harbour Isle Beach Club in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida. Minto has also earned multiple Aurora Awards from the Southeast Building Conference for Westlake, including the 2018 Silver Award for Best Single-Family Residential Community.

Minto is also recognized throughout the homebuilding industry as an expert in developing active-adult communities. The NAHB named Minto as 2019’s 55+ Builder of the Year. Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach was awarded 55+ Community of the Year for 2019, and Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head was awarded 55+ Community of the Year for 2020.

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